Write 2 Be Magazine

For the Artists Who Like to Remain Strictly Out of the Box

Blog Spotlight: Screenwriting From Iowa….and other unlikely places blog by Scott W. Smith

This blog is packed with a lot of helpful information for the writer who wants to get enthralled in the world of screenplay writing and making movies. It provides screenwriters (or screenwriters in the making) with a different take on the Hollywood industry from several different perspectives. You can’t beat the information that you will find in this blog and it is updated on a regular basis so the content is fresh always consistent. If you take the time to check this blog out I don’t think that you will regret it and I truly believe you will become a steady follower of it just as I have.


About Scott W. Smith

This blog was born in January 2008 after seeing Diablo Cody’s Juno. The fact that she went to college in Iowa, wrote a distinctly Midwestern screenplay while in Minneapolis, and was discovered while blogging seemed like enough synergy and inspiration for me to jump into the blogging world. Toward the end of 2008 Screenwriting from Iowa won a Regional Emmy in Advanced Media from The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (In 2009, I won another Emmy for location lighting.)

Outside of living in Miami, Los Angeles and my hometown Orlando (where I am now based) I spent ten years living in Iowa —and those years greatly shaped my Outsider mentality. It was those years in Iowa (2003-2013) where I saw the digital revolution and social media really begin to fly. Filmmakers began to evolve from shooting mostly film to shooting mostly digitally, and You Tube, Twitter, Facebook, blogging, Kickstarter, Indigogo and the like emerged providing new avenues to explore in the world of independent filmmaking in and outside of Los Angeles.

And though I’ve written many unproduced feature scripts, this blog serves mainly as a conduit for notes and quotes gathered from top screenwriters and directors in the field with the hope that they will give a sense of direction to those wanting to write screenplays and make movies—especially those in unusual places.


About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter is the Editor and Creator of the Free Fall Literary E-Zine and the Spoken Like A Queen E-Zine. She has dedicated herself to the power of the words and given into her passion for writing and has been writing poetry officially since the age of ten. She has a book of poetry titled “The Art of Love” published through lulu.com under the pen name Gemini. She is currently finishing up with her first novel and already working on her second. In 1998 she had her poem “Rest In Peace” published in an anthology put out by the International Library of Poetry and in the Spring of 2007 will have another poem titled “Through The Eyes of an Angel” published in another anthology also put out by the International Library of Poetry. She was also awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for that poem as well. She is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing N your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big. Jimmetta can be contacted by sending her an e-mail at freefall_lbp@yahoo.com or jcladyluv@yahoo.com.

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